RICHMOND, VA - The Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) and Richmond City Health District received the National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials' (NAHRO) 2011 National Award of Merit in Resident and Client Services for the establishment of community-based Resource Centers. The Resource Centers are health hubs located in the heart of four of RRHA's public housing communities that provide community members with access to free health services and education.
The Resource Centers are located in RRHA's Fairfield, Whitcomb, Creighton, and Mosby communities and are operated by the Richmond City Health District. The first Resource Center opened in Fairfield in 2009 to provide services in an area of the City health officials had determined to be most impacted by health disparities. The fourth and most recent Resource Center opened in April 2011 in the Mosby community.
"We are grateful for this partnership with Richmond City Health District which allows us to provide much-needed and life-changing resources to RRHA community members who may otherwise go without necessary health services," said Maxine Cholmondeley, Interim CEO of RRHA. "This national award highlights the fact that these Resource Center models are indeed innovative solutions for addressing local health disparities and serving as gateways to better healthcare in the city of Richmond."
Dr. Danny Avula, Deputy Director of the Richmond City Health District, added: "We are excited about the opportunity to partner with RRHA and to be able to offer services to the Authority's residents."